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African-American Judges Head Up Oklahoma’s Two Highest Courts For First Time in History

In Oklahoma, two  judges have made history by becoming the first African-Americans to head up two of the state’s highest courts.

Tom Colbert is set to become chief justice of the nine-member Oklahoma Supreme Court. Meanwhile, Colbert’s law school classmate, David B. Lewis, is poised to become presiding judge of the five-member Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals.

The Tulsa World describes what both men have in common:

Both men were raised by single mothers, are former prosecutors and worked in private practice.

Both are runners – Colbert is a sprinter, while Lewis runs for distance.

And former Gov. Brad Henry appointed both as the first blacks to hold a post on their respective appeals courts.

 Colbert says he owes his success to those who came before him and paved the way for him.

The chief justice will be in charge of overseeing district courts in Oklahoma’s 77 counties. But as far as Colbert is concerned, his job doesn’t stop there. He’s looking forward to mentoring kids so that he can pass on some of what he’s learned on his road to success.

Colbert also offered a bit of advice, saying,  “There are great opportunities out there if you believe in yourself and try to stay on the right path,” he said.

Lewis said that he happy with his achievements, but went on to say that it is important for people to understand that success doesn’t happen overnight.

 

 

 


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4 comments

  1. This is wonderful achievement.

    Congratulations to two gentlemen and scholars!

  2. ITS JUST BLACK SKIN IN THE HIGHEST COURTS AS A FRONT BUT THEY DO NOT
    REPRESENT OR CONDONE THE SAME MENTALITIES THAT THE POOR BLACK COMMUNITY NEED IN ORDER TO MOVE US FORWARD. EVEN IF THE TWO
    BLACK JUDGES SIDE WITH THE BLACK COMMUNITY,THEIR VOTE WILL BE
    OVERRODE BY THE MAJORITY WHICH IS WHITE,SO I BELIEIVE THEY ARE GOING TO JUST GO WITH THE FLOW OF A JUDGE AND GET PAID WHILE THEIR WHITE
    CONSTITUENTS LOOK GOOD FOR PUTTING TWO BLACKMEN IN THE HIGH COURTS.

  3. This is an excellent story, and monumental achievement.

  4. African-American Judges Head Up Oklahoma’s Two Highest Courts For First Time in History…And?

    These two negroids will still send Black men to jail, while giving caucasoid criminals a slap on the wrist!

    SO WHAT!

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